Ballast Synopsis
A portrait of a family whose lives are torn by a tragic act in a small Mississippi Delta town.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
This is the most significant feature about poor black life since Charles Burnett's 1977 "Killer of Sheep."
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Ballast strikes me as one of the few American pictures of 2008 to say what it wants to say, visually and narratively, about a specific...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Ballast inexorably grows and deepens and gathers power and absorbs us. I always say I hardly ever cry at sad films, but I sometimes do,...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The final shot, of the three characters now united, may be the quietest affirmation of life I've ever seen in a movie, and one of the...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Working with non-pro actors, Hammer pulls authentic performances from the trio that are at times almost too painful to witness.
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Baltimore Sun

By Chris Kaltenbach
It's a frustrating film in that its characters resolutely defy convention, and its story offers no epiphany, no one moment when everything...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
This ostensibly simple film evokes whole lives in 96 minutes, and does so with sparse dialogue.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
Truly a winter's tale.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
What this unclassifiable story may lack in decibels, it has in emotional depth. At once a mystery, a family drama, a snapshot of children...
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Hammer, whose blunt name belies the movie's many subtle touches, has his own distinct style. He also has an enormous trust in the audience...
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Rated NR